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Media Advisory - Local minor football league joins Queen's researcher to study concussions

Friday, April 20, 2018

KINGSTON – On Saturday, April 21, players from the Grenadiers football program will be taking part in the NeuroProtection project – a study in collaboration with the Concussion Education Safety and Awareness program and the Queen’s Center for Neuroscience Studies (CESAP) designed to enhance coaching practices using cutting-edge technology. Selected Grenadiers players will have their helmet equipped with accelerometers in order to study the effects of playing style on exposure to head impacts. The objective is to determine what skills players need to improve in order to promote a safer playing field, without taking away the integrity of the game.

The following day, April 22, players and coaches from the Thousand Island Minor Football League and Queen’s Gaels football will gather at Richardson Stadium to participate in a workshop aimed at making football safer by teaching kids better techniques for reducing the risk of concussions. Allen Champagne, a CESAP researcher (MD/PhD candidate), leads the project.

What
Players will participate in various football drills, including blocking and tackling techniques, while being filmed by a series of GoPro cameras. Footage will then be analyzed by researchers in effort to help the design of interventions that will help players refine their techniques with the intent to mitigate head injuries.

Who
Researcher Allen Champagne will be on hand for interviews during the event.

When/Where
April 21 and April 22, 2018
Richardson Stadium, Queen’s University
The best time for media to attend is between 1 pm - 3pm both days.
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Visuals
Players will run various drills; researchers will be capturing motion for scientific analysis.

Contact
Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer
Queen’s University
anne.craig@queensu.ca
613.533.6000 ext. 32877

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